Several routes utilize Farm to Market Road 613 from Buffalo Gap to the Lemons Gap Rd/Rode Ranch Rd intersection (Rest Stop #1). This road was resurfaced last fall by a TxDOT contractor. Riders may find this new road surface to be rough due to the type of chip seal that as placed on the road. We apologize for the inconvenience of this. You may sign a petition at the Pavilion on July 22 asking TxDOT to use a smaller aggregate if chip seal must be used.
Watch riders in the 50K route from above
Steamboat Cycling club member Dwayne Dove has created an amazing video with drone footage from three routes of recent Tours. In addition to the drone shots, Dwayne utilized multiple car mounted and bike mounted GoPro Continue reading “Watch riders in the 50K route from above”
All the Routes for 2023
Help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary in 2023. Consider staying over for Sunday’s 20K Steamboat Challenge Time Trial on Sunday morning!
100K Route for 2023
This route makes use of some of the prettiest county roads in southern Taylor County including a return to Buffalo Gap on some fun rolling hills through ranchland. Due to some construction on US Hwy 83, we’ll be making the loop past Lemons Gap Rd two times, so be sure to keep an eye out when you reach the water towers after the crest of Lemons Gap. Check out the 100K route here:https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1563822. All routes are subject to change due to conditions and current construction
100K route is coded ORANGE with signage, wristbands and in all print material.
50K Route returns this year, our most popular
Usually the most popular route, the 50K winds among the hills and the Lemons Gap area, returning through the Rode Ranch and by Abilene State Park to Buffalo Gap.
50K route is coded BLUE with signage, wristbands and in all print material.
11 Mile Route – our traditional favorite for everybody and especially for families
11 Mile route is coded GREEN with signage, wristbands and in all print material.
Time Trial Route for 2023
We are back with the start from Main Street Station this year. Don’t forget the full breakfast courtesy of our friends at IHOP in Abilene! See the Riders Guides for the Time Trial, 50K and 100K elsewhere on the Routes page.
Rider’s Guide for the Steamboat Challenge Time Trial
Here’s a downloadable document with all the info about Sunday’s Steamboat Challenge Time Trial: Remember, your bib number for Saturday will also be your number for Sunday.
Rider’s Guide TdG 100K Route
Here is your Rider’s Guide for the FDLIC 100K Route:
Rider’s Guide for 50K Route
Here’s a downloadable/printable guide with all the info about this year’s 50K route: